If you have three hours to spare the walk from Oystercatcher to St Ives is wonderful, and no need to walk back! You can return on the little train that goes from St Ives to St Erth.
This walk takes about 3 hrs
An hour down the beach and you’ll reach Hayle river mouth. From here follow the river into Hayle. You might feel as if you are walking back into history as Hayle used to have a busy shipworks/building which you can still catch glimpses. Nowadays the only boats you’ll find are fishing boats moored along the quay.
After you pass Hayle you’ll need to walk along the tidal estuary where you’ll find all sorts of birds feeding especially if the tide is low. Look out for a path on the other side of the road… its quite magical!
- Then head for Carbis Bay once you leave Hayle, and then walk along the coastal path into st ives.
- the bus from st ives station passes Gwithan, or catch the train and walk the rest of the way.